Month: July 2013

Lake Superior Binational Forum announces the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award Winners

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The Lake Superior Binational Forum’s panel of judges, chooses award recipients that have accomplished significant and successful actions that minimize negative impacts or restore the natural environment in the Lake Superior basin.

The awards program pays tribute to recipients that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through outstanding leadership in one of five categories: Youth, Individual Adult, Business, Municipality, Business, Industry or Organization.

Here is a peek at the recipients. Follow the link to learn who earned which award and for what amazing efforts!

Congratulations to all our Winners!

  • Dollar Bay High School
  • Mr. Mike Wiggins
  • Bodin Fisheries
  • WTIP North Shore Community Radio
  • Washburn Marina
  • Upper Lakes Foods, Inc.
  • Mr. Frank Edgson
  • Little Lions Waldorf Daycare & Kindergarten
  • Peninsula Harbour Community Liaison Committee

Honorable Mentions:

  • South Shore 7th Grade Art
  • Ms. Ruth Ogawa
  • Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchgaaming
  • City of Superior Environmental Services Division
  • Mr. Jon George
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Minnesota is getting a Major Grant for Lake Superior Coastal Management Program

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Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) — US Congressman Rick Nolan from Minnesota announced a major grant Wednesday aimed at helping to protect and preserve Lake Superior.

A $906,000 grant will be awarded to the Minnesota Department of Resources Division of Ecological and Water Resources. The grant will help the Minnesota DNR administer its coastal management program for Lake Superior. In a press release, Rep. Nolan says that the funds will go to creating and supporting jobs that underpin critical coastal projects, such as stormwater and water quality management, coastal planning and development, public education and outreach. A number of local projects will be funded with the grant money including:

  • Training in techniques to restore streams and eroded areas after flooding; including flood preparedness
  • Installing two rain gardens to help manage stormwater runoff in Cook County
  • Designing a plan to improve access and safety at the Caribou Falls State Wayside
  • Assuring that culverts along roadways in St. Louis County do not have adverse impacts upon the environment, fish, animal and wildlife
  • Creating educational events and materials to help teachers promote the importance of the Great lakes environment.

Nolan said that it is important to invest in coastal management programs to protect and preserve the beauty of Lake Superior for future generations.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

Original source of the story from NorthLands NewsCenter

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Lake Superior land sale conflicts with bike trail supporters

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is putting $3.3 million worth of mostly lakeshore property up for sale next week, including a parcel of land on Lake Superior’s North Shore where outdoors advocates had hoped a state bike trail would be built.

The public auction of school trust fund land marks the first time most of the parcels have been on the auction block. Sale of lakeshore land had been prohibited unless the sale was approved by the Legislature, but state lawmakers in 2012 opened the door for sales of school trust fund land along lakeshores to boost funding for schools.

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Lake Superior Day at Terrace Bay!

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Come celebrate the largest of the Great Lakes with Parks Canada’s Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area – the largest freshwater marine protected area in the world!

Parks Canada will be hosting family activities as part of Lake Superior Day celebrations taking place at Terrace Bay Beach on Sunday, July 21 from 11AMEDT to 3PMEDT Activities will include sea kayak tours and boat charters. Don’t miss your chance to meet and take a photo with Parka, Parks Canada’s friendly mascot!
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There will be an information booth where you can learn more about Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area and Parks Canada sites in northern Ontario. Parks Canada will also be offering free children’s activities at the Lake Superior Day event at Marina Park in Thunder Bay.

Lake Superior Day takes place on the third Sunday in July and is a time for people all around the lake to take part in activities that celebrate the natural, historical, cultural and economic importance of the lake, and to highlight the importance of conserving and protecting the marine area.

Parks Canada manages national marine conservation areas to ensure their ecological sustainability and to provide opportunities for appreciation and enjoyment of our marine heritage. Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, at more than 10,000 square kilometres, is the largest freshwater marine protected area in the world. Its boundaries extend from Thunder Cape at the tip of the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in the west, to Bottle Point just east of Terrace Bay, and south to the Canada-U.S.boundary.

Article source at http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/07/11/lake-superior-day-at-terrace-bay/

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Kayak Tour of RAP Projects & Harbour Environmental Issues

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A kayak tour of Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan harbour cleanup projects and environmental issues will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on August 15th. The tour begins and ends at the Thunder Bay Marina. 

If you are an experienced kayaker with a kayak of your own you are invited to join a Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan harbour tour. To register, please contact Jim Bailey at 343-8514 or  jfbailey at lakeheadu.ca. (please leave a message with your name/phone #/email confirming you will attend). Pre-registration is required and participation is limited.

The tour is free of charge and begins at the Thunder Bay marina at 6 p.m. on August 15th. Certified instructor Jonathan Hollway of Wilderness Supply and Jim Bailey of the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan office will accompany the tour. Participants can enjoy a light snack (provided) and then head out on the water. During the tour, an overview will be provided of completed harbour cleanup projects as well as environmental issues which remain outstanding. The tour will cover the central portion of the harbour and participants will be back to the marina by 9 p.m. The following is a brief overview of points to be visited:

  • Sanctuary Island (near mouth of McVicar Creek)
  • McVicar Creek
  • Northern Wood Creosote Cleanup Project
  • Northern Wood Remnant Wetland
  • Northern Wood Habitat Buffer

Thunder Bay is one of 42 locations around the Great Lakes designated by the International Joint Commission as an “Area of Concern” due to environmental degradation. Remedial Action Plans, or cleanup plans, have been put in place for each of these Areas of Concern. To find out more about environmental issues in the Thunder Bay Area of Concern, click here.

 

 

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Pic River Chief Demands Info On Rail Cars Passing Through Community

Pic River Chief Roy Michano makes a point at a Lake Superior Binational Forum meeting on mining, November, 2010.
Pic River Chief Roy Michano makes a point at a Lake Superior Binational Forum meeting on mining held in Marathon, Ontario, November, 2010.

Pic River First Nation (just east of Marathon, Ontario on Lake Superior) Chief Roy Michano says the tragic train accident in Lac-Mégantic, Que. is a wake-up call for all Canadians to ask what is being hauled through their communities. Michano said he worries about the environmental impact if an accident were to happen on the Lake Superior North Shore — and how a spill would get cleaned up.
“How many cities across the country could this happen to … next,” asked Michano….Read More…

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Rambo-Like Security Intimidates Gogebic Mine Protestors

The Gogebic Mine is located just south of the Bad River Reserve in Wisconsin.
The Gogebic Mine is located just south of the Bad River Reserve in Wisconsin.
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A security guard at the Gogebic Mine.

Wisconsin mining company Gogebic Taconic recently barricaded its premises with armed private paramilitary guards in an overzealous effort to deter environmentalists and protesters from their Lake Superior mining site. They say they are justified in having the guards around the site due to the actions of protestors against mining operations. Read More…

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Lake Superior Day – July 21st

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Dancing at the 2011 Lake Superior Day event in Thunder Bay. Lake Superior day is a special day that encourages people to celebrate the largest freshwater lake in the world. Lake Superior Day is a FREE, fun, family event that includes something for everyone. This year the Thunder Bay celebration takes place at the Pool 6 Cruise Ship Dock in Marina Park.

This summer, the romance of the high seas comes to Thunder Bay’s Lake Superior Day with a visit from the tall ship Sorlandet.  Entry to Lake Superior Day is free and tickets for the Sorlandet tours will be sold on site for just $3 per person, under 3 years of age free. Guaranteed to bring out the Jack Sparrow in all of us, a deck tour aboard the Sorlandet is an experience not to be missed. The 57-metre (210 ft) fully rigged sailing ship is the oldest and largest fully rigged ship in operation today. She was built in 1927 in Norway and served as a training vessel for the Norwegian navy. She was later used for accommodations for German submariners in World War II. Currently, the ship hosts Class Afloat, an exclusive floating school offering a unique way to finish a high school diploma while visiting ports around the world. Find out all the details about Lake Superior Day…

Photos of the Thunder Bay, Ontario 2011 Lake Superior Day

Photos of the Marathon, Ontario 2012 Lake Superior Day

 

 

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